New Delhi: The southern part of India holds many magnificent and awe inspiring structures that will immediately steal your heart. The architectural beauties in Kerala are worth your visit. There are many temples here that were built centuries ago and still stands splendidly for the onlookers.
One such masterpiece is the Padmanabhswamy temple located in the Thiruvananthapuram area of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar.
The shrine is one of the most admired abodes of Hindu deity Vishnu. The splendor of this temple is the idol of Lord Vishnu who is in the Anantha Shaiyanam posture, an eternal yogic sleeping position on a giant serpent with a lotus attached by its stem to the Lord’s navel and on the divine flower sits Lord Bramha. The deity of Padmanabha is covered with a special ayurvedic mix, which forms a plaster that keeps the deity clean.
The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, and were for a long time controlled by a trust, headed by the Travancore Royal Family. The royal family of Travancore is believed to be descendants of saint Kulashekhara Alwar.
The construction of the temple is very beautifully done and is a blend of Dravidian and Kerala architectural styles. The temple campus has vaults with treasures in it.
There is a row of three doors to the sanctum of the Padmanabhaswamy temple that allow one to see the deity's face and the five-headed serpent, the lotus flower with Brahma seated on it and the feet, all separately.
It is compulsory to wear a lungi before entering the temple. You can buy one from the shop placed on the road stretched towards the entrance. There are little shops in the temple complex selling flowers and other pooja items.
You can reach Thiruvananthpuram taking a flight available from the major cities of the country or even take a direct train. Once you reach Thiruvananthpuram, hire an auto or rickshaw for the Padmanabhswamy temple. This temple is a must visit when you are in the capital city of Kerala.